This inspiring patio makeover is sponsored by AE Outdoor, who happen to be right here in my hometown of Marietta, GA.
It’s definitely been an exciting couple of weeks around my house! With the installation of the patio last week and the arrival of a sectional sofa, that patio is looking gorgeous. Outdoor spaces are probably one of my favorite things in a house, from a screened porch to an open deck or patio, outdoor living is so prevalent in the South. We just love living and being outdoors as much as possible.
It’s been my dream to have a patio addition on the back of my house, for entertaining and just another way to enjoy my backyard. So with the addition of the patio, having functional and practical furniture is a needed part of furnishing this area.
I chose the Canyon sectional from AE Outdoor, because I like the shape of it and the fact that it had a cute coffee table with little cushioned stools that pull out for extra seating. I thought an L-shaped sectional would be great on my patio and I was right, it fits on there perfectly.
As I mentioned earlier, I am working with a local company here in Marietta that specializes in outdoor furniture, AE Outdoor and they have great looking outdoor sectionals and other pieces that really make an outdoor living space come alive. I love that they are a small company right here in my town.
They design and manufacture their own line of furniture and it’s sold at some major retailers like Lowes, Home Depot, Sam’s Club, and Target. This is good stuff, y’all! And you can buy directly from their website too.
The Canyon sectional is the star of my patio now and I love how it can be moved around, since it comes in 4 separate pieces. You can configure it anyway you want. This furniture is made from rust proof aluminum and the fabrics are all summer-proof Sunbrella fabrics, which I’m so happy to have. I can safely leave this outside and with the 5 year warranty, it should hold up fine.
With the sectional is a cute coffee table ottoman with pull out stools for extra seating.
Confession: I did take a ton of pics of the patio from all different angles, because I just couldn’t stop staring at it! I’m so in love with this new space. I look outside the screened porch and can hardly believe how pretty it is now.
Is this really my backyard? Yes…yes it is!
I figured out how I wanted it to fit on here and got everything uncrated and set up in about an hour (with the help of my roommate). The boxes were shipped directly to my house in 3 separate boxes and everything was in perfect shape.
You can see the loveseat and corner pieces are separate.
Then, there is an armless section and another right arm piece. You can see here how pretty the woven all-weather wicker is along with the aluminum frame.
I know having this space during the summer is going to be so fun. I can envision parties and hanging out here since it’s all shaded after around 4 in the afternoon.
I’ll be getting a cantilever umbrella to help shade the sectional, but truly late afternoon after 4 pm, it is complete shade on this side of the house. Early morning is shady too, which is really nice.
The Wayfair planters look great out here and we will enjoy the blooming flowers as well. You can’t have an outdoor patio space without flowers and I just may add more along the way. I love container plants!
I also moved the rocking chair from the porch out here too, since my porch was a tad crowded with one too many chairs. The rocker fits out here just great and looks right at home with the new sectional. The rocker came from Pier One.
I couldn’t resist this pretty vinyl tray from Homegoods, with all the colors I’m using out here. You all know how much I love blues and greens, so it was only natural to continue that love-fest on the patio.
The Canyon sectional comes in a pretty gray/tan solid fabric on the cushions and a combination of green and a blue print throw pillows, all in Sunbrella fabrics.
Love, love these colors!
I ordered the rug from Overstock and love it too. It adds just the right punch out here with all the colors contained in the flowers. Rugs are such a great grounding element to a space and it really finished off the patio. I checked prices on several websites for this same rug and Overstock had the best price. In fact, it looks like they’ve marked it even lower since I ordered mine.
The rug plus the round tray = fun, fun and more fun! Doesn’t this just scream summer?
I truly love the Canyon sectional and am so happy with my choice.
I had this sedum planted in this planter for months and am so surprised it is still alive. If you want a tough succulent, this lime green sedum is it. Every planter I have it in is thriving and it’s not because I’ve taken care of them. This plant fits right in with the look out here too.
I did spray paint the potting bench in a bright blue, Lagoon, from Rustoleum. I think it will help protect the wood even more and I just didn’t like the color it was as much. This pop of blue is fun and since the patio and sofa are all neutral, it just adds that special little touch back here. I can see serving food and beverages from the potting bench. Party time!
You may remember I got these Polywood chairs last year and now they have a special place to sit on the patio and finally got out of the yard. And the cushions blend seamlessly with my new sectional cushions. That was a happy surprise! I thought they might go well, but was so thrilled to see it in person.
Another plan in the works is building a privacy screen right behind the chairs a couple of feet off the patio. It will help shield the neighbors, since they are so close. Not that we don’t like our neighbors, we very much do, but when we are outside, it will be nice to have a little more privacy. A screen will be perfect and my dad and I are already hatching a plan for that. I’m sure I’ll be adding some climbing vines to it as well.
The other planters anchors this corner of the patio. I’m so happy with how big the patio was built, so glad I didn’t skimp on size. It’s nice and big and holds everything with no problem.
That cute backdoor cover that my dad built really adds to this space now and it’s hard to believe it was one of the first things he did when I moved in the house. It adds so much charm back here! Now, I think I have to paint the back door a bright color to make it even happier.
It will be fun watching the planters grow all summer long.
I have a feeling this will be a favorite new hangout space for us. It gets morning shade and late afternoon shade and I’m hoping to get an umbrella out here soon too. That will be the finishing touch. I looked at a cantilever umbrella at Ikea for just over $100 and that is definitely on my radar.
Getting this patio installed and decorated is truly another dream come true for me. Finishing this house step by step, inside and outside has been such a fun journey and I’m so happy with where it is at this point. It truly has been an amazing 3 year endeavor.
One thing I’ve decided to do is to have a big tarp handy and when I know it’s going to rain and storm, I’ll cover up the whole sectional and that will protect it even further. I bought a 12 x 16′ tarp for just over $30. I’ll do what I can to make it last for a long, long time. I’ve got a deck box that I’ll store the tarp in. I could buy individual covers, but those are pretty expensive and wouldn’t be that easy to put on and take off. A handy tarp can be added in just a couple of minutes and then stored away.
Working with great sponsors like AE Outdoor has also been a huge blessing and I’m very grateful for the partnership. I truly believe they are a great company, with superb products and warranties that stand behind their products. I look forward to using my patio for years to come. You can order fabric swatches to know what you’re getting ahead of time and right now they are having a 20% off sale.